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now. >> you were shocked when you heard that president obama had named mary jo white to lead the securities and exchange commission. and you wrote that she was a partner in a law firm that represented a lot of these big banks. you know, bank of america, goldman sachs, chase, aig, morgan stanley. you said, "she dropped out and made the move a lot of regulators make, leaving government to make bucket loads of money, working for the people she used to police." and i gather your great concern is that you don't want to see the country's top financial cop being indebted to the people who created the bank roe? >> right. yeah, absolutely. i mean, it's just simple common sense. i mean, you're sitting on $10 million, $15 million, however much money she made working there at debevoise and plimpton when she was a partner and you owe that money to this specific group of clients and now you're in charge of policing them, just psychologically think of that. it doesn't really work, you know? it doesn't really work in terms of how aggressive a prosecutor should be, what his attitude towards t
, the dow gained three-quarters of a percent, and so did the nasdaq. the obama administration announced new rules today for contraceptive coverage under the affordable care act. faith-based non-profits, like hospitals and universities, would be allowed to issue health insurance without providing coverage for contraceptives. however, employees and students would be able to obtain a separate policy at no cost to the employer. more than 45 federal lawsuits have been filed challenging the contraceptive coverage requirement, claiming the mandate violates religious beliefs. protesters across egypt defied curfews to chant against the rule of egyptian president mohammed morsi. the protests cap a week of political rioting that left up to 60 people dead. and tonight, some of the protests reached the doorstep of the president in cairo. demonstrators hurled objects, including firebombs, over the wall of the presidential palace. morsi was not inside. opposition parties called the protests in an attempt to win concessions from the president. in pakistan, a suicide bomber attacked a shiite mosque, killing
%, unemployment is where it was when barack obama took office, we are adding about 150,000 jobs a month, but john, the real problem here is this slow growing is occurring when we have had five straight trillion dollars worth of defense deficits to pump it up and we get $85 billion a month in transfusions a month from the fed and we are still limping along like a mature and quite frankly modest economy. >> eleanor? >> i think these numbers reflect the fact that government is shrinking and the defense department really pulled back in the last quarter of last year. it is a cautionary sign and looks like both parties are kind of sleepwalking their way toward a sequester. the ropes don't want to -- the republicans don't want to give up anything on the revenue side they would rather take a hit in spending. the democrats have protect social security, pell grants and medicaid, so they are not going to cave first. so if neither party blinks, the sequester will go ahead and we'll see further contraction in the economy. but you know, i'm not that glammy. i take my cue are from mark sandy, an accomplished ec
nomination fire at the nomination hearing for john brennan. the man that president obama has tapped to be his next spy chief says that the white house goes through agony to make sure that there are no collateral deaths in these attacks. >> a panel of senators brimming with questions. barely a few words in, the first interruption but not from politicians. >> i am honored to appear before you today as the president's nominee. >> would you hold please? i will ask the police to please remove this woman. >> four times, protesters interrupted at the hearing. there was a vocal opposition to the program and to john brennan becoming the next director. he was questioned over his past involvement in enhance interrogation techniques. >> i've expressed my personal objections to my colleagues about certain of those situations such as water boarding, nudity, and others. i've expressed my personal objections but i did not try to stop it because it was something that was being done in a different part of the agency under the authority of others. >> when asked about john strikes, he criticized the protesters.
abroad. in response, top officials in the obama administration argued their actions are justified and legal. >> primary concern is to keep the american people safe, now do so in a way that's consistent with our laws and our values. >> ifill: attorney general eric holder today defended the justice department's rationale for authorizing the killings of americans overseas. >> we are -- we have as a basis for action that we take a congressional statute that allows us to operate against al qaeda and associated entities not only in pakistan or not only in afghanistan but in other parts of the world. we say that we only take these kinds of actions when there's an imminent threat, when capture is not feasible and when we are confident that we're doing so in a they's consistent with a federal international law. >> ifill: nbc news obtained a 16-page justice department white paper apparently prepared for congressional committees last summer that describes the obama administration's legal reasoning the document said a lethal operation is legal if it targets a senior operational leader of al q
. budget battle cries echoed up and down pennsylvania avenue in washington today. president obama called yesterday for a small package of tax hikes and spending cuts to avert the sequester, much larger cuts now set for march first. but house speaker john boehner said today the president has to accept major spending reductions just as republicans had to agree to raise the national debt ceiling. >> we got the debt limit out of the way so that we weren't jeopardizing the full faith and credit of the united states government. at some point, washington has to deal with its spending problem. i've watched them kick this can down the road for 22 years that i've been here. i've had enough of it. time to act. >> sreenivasan: at the white house, spokesman jay carney it's the republicans who are being irresponsible, by rejecting the president's appeal out of hand. >> he put forward a proposal for avoiding that outcome while congress continues working on longer term deficit reduction. that's the sensible thing to do. why make-- why punish the american people because you haven't been able to achieve y
of making any compromise. >> have the attacks on iran receded? gregg's after the election of president obama -- >> after the election of president obama, it is clear that the u.s. is in the driver's seat, not israel. many people said 2013 would be a decisive year in iran policy. either we will get a deal or there will be a war. president obama would like to avoid a military conflagration. i'm not sure they will bear fruit, but it will not be a year of war. >> today, and exports -- expert panel for held about ireland should be legally responsible for workhouses the subject of teenage girls two years of imprisonment, and abuse. the houses operated with our punishment for years. the survivors are seeking a comprehensive akashi from the irish state pier -- comprehensive apology from the ivers stake. >> these buildings were known as laundries and workhouses. but to those locked inside, they were prisons. for seven decades, they weren't places where so-called "-- they were places where so-called "fallen within" and "troubled girls" were held. but there were simply held against this derica will and
: president obama followed up with an endorsement. >> i believe we are finally at a moment where comprehensive immigration reform is within our grasp. but i promise you this, the closer we get, the more emotional this debate is going to become. immigration has always been an issue that inflames passions. gwen: and that's where things get sticky because all the players in this, the president, the senate, the house, they may not be talking about the same things. i'm not certain they're all on the same page. >> they are and they aren't. there are going to be differents and we're going to start to see them explode in the next couple of months. while there were different entities coming from different points of view they're arriving at the same place. you have tea party republicans saying that we have to legalize this 11 million undocumented population and that has never happened before. this is a brand-new era for the republicans and there are some republicans that i've talked to who are irritateed that nobody has noticed that. there's been a real shift on just the whole debate since the last time
to kill this man. he was also a u.s. citizen and the obama administration agreed to show congress the legal opinion justifies such attacks. the white house argues that from strikes effectively target america's enemies but critics cite heavy civilian casualties and the u.s. relies on them too much. >> the drone is the only weapon that really frightened insurgents. it is ineffective. we cannot possibly kill these people one at a time and expect to come out on top. >> they are clearly not invincible. iranian tv has shown these pictures that come from a u.s. surveillance drone they captured two years ago. it's interesting timing. >> with me here in the studio is a former adviser to president obama's special up is that it to afghanistan and pakistan. you understand this area of the world very closely. how important is this to the national security? >> it has killed a number of al qaeda leaders but it has not decimated the organization completely. it has pushed them to move into other areas of the middle east. also, at a very high political cost. it does cause an enormous amount of ange
, in washington, there are new revelations of a split within the obama administration about what should be done about the conflict. ray suarez reports. >> suarez: it was a short moment in a long hearing devoted to another topic, and it yielded a surprising set of answers from defense secretary leon panetta, and the joint chiefs chairman, general martin dempsey. arizona republican john mccain asked about a report that president obama rejected a proposal to arm syrian rebels last summer. >> did you support the recommendation by secretary of state... then secretary of state clinton and then head of c.i.a. general petraeus that we provide weapons to the resistance in syria? did you support that? >> we did. >> you did support that. >> we did. >> suarez: so far, the president's judgment has been that things won't get better with american arms. instead, he's warned the weapons might fall into the hands of extremist elements, a concern reiterated today by the new secretary of state, who was asked about the deliberations last year. >> i don't know what the discussions were in the white house and i'm not
that the strategic, one of the strategic principleses that the president and the obama administration brought at the outset of our first term is that with constructive and productive great power relationships you can get a lot done in the world. and if they go off the track it is much more difficult and frankly we've seen it, that proposition that you just laid out has been proven i think in the context where. there has been cooperation, we have gotten a lot done with great power of corporate raise and we can talk about that in terms of iran and other places in afghanistan. on the reset. you asked a question directly. he did the reset work. in the first term if you look at the list of things you are able to accomplish. we have had a change of leadership in russia. we will get that in a secretary. we have been able to accomplish, really, through great power negotiation, and great power, productive and constructive relationship, we have a new start treaty in the arms control area which will -- >> what's the status of that. >> the status this. the status it has gone into effect and is being impl
and our commitment to transparency demand nothing less. >> reporter: late wednesday, mr. obama directed that the house and senate intelligence committees be given a classified memo on drone strikes abroad. it lays out the legal rationale for targeting american terrorism suspects. brennan has helped manage the program. oregon democrat ron wyden had pressed for release of the memo. he went directly to the issue during his first pass at questioning brennan. >> what should be done next to ensure that public conversation about drones so american people are brought into debate and have full understand what rules the government is going to observe when it conducts targeted killings. >> this hearing is one of the i think there is a misimpression on some of the am people that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there is no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. so we need to make sure there's an understanding, and the people that we
day for chuck hagel, president obama's tourist to be his next defense secretary. his old friend and fellow vietnam veteran john mccain jump all over hagel for opposing the surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said the search would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? correct or incorrect? yes or no? are you going to answer the question, senator hagel? the question is, were you right or wrong? i would like to answer whether you were right or wrong. and you are free to elaborate. >> i am not going to give you a yes or no answer -- >> let the record show that you refuse to answer the question. >> he finally gave the answer he wanted to give. >> i saw the suffering and consequences of a war. i did second think the search. would this be worth the sacrifice? we lost almost 1200 dead americans during that period was it required, necessary? >> how much of that exchange was political, how much was personal, and how much was related to our defense policy, mark? >> 92, 11, 13. [laughter] a lot of it was personal. one could not watc
. the parents of a teenage girl shot dead days after appearing at president obama's inauguration have told the bbc that american gun laws have to change. 15-year-old hadiya pendleton was killed in a park on chicago's south side in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity. michelle obama will attend her funeral tomorrow. despite the soul-searching in america following the sandy hook shooting, january was the deadliest month for gun crime in chicago for a decade. we have this report from the city. >> majorette from a chicago high school on a visit to washington for the president's inauguration. in the middle, 15-rolled hadiya pendleton, who had appeared in a video denouncing gun violence. >> this video is informational for you and your future children. >> it was a gun in her life in this chicago part 10 days ago as she sheltered from the rain. the killer apparently mistook her for a rival gang member. >> never in a million years did i think that i would lose my child to a gunshot. she was not that type of kid. >> do you think something can come of it in terms of change? >> my hope
president obama pressed congress to pass within the next six months comprehensive immigration reform. he addressed this issue in las vegas on tuesday. >> if congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, i will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away. >> a bipartisan group of senators who calls themselves the gang of eight released their reform proposal which includes a path to citizenship. the key elements include border security and better tracking of current visa holders, more green cards to skilled and highly educated immigrants, a program for low skilled migrant workers and cracking down on those who employ undocumented workers. what does it all mean for california? here in the bay area? joining me with answers are marcela davison aviles with san jose mexican heritage festival. emil guillermo, writer for the asian american legal defense and education fund. and aarti kohli, research fellow at uc berkeley. aarti, we're going to begin with you because these are all proposals right now. really any overhaul to our immigration sys
. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: president obama made his first second-term foray outside washington today, with a call to stop gun violence. it was part of a campaign-style effort designed to goad congress into action. >> we don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something. >> ifill: the president took that message to minneapolis, a city that's already imposed stricter background checks on gun buyers. the white house plan calls for those checks, a renewed ban on assault-style weapons and limits on high-capacity magazines for ammunition. >> the only way we can reduce gun violence in this country is if the american people decide it's important. if you decide it's important. if parents and teachers, police officers and pastors, hunters and sportsmen, americans of every background stand up and say, "this time it's got to be different." >> ifill: the obama administration has been working to build on public outrage sparked by the mass shooting in newtown connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead. ♪ for purple mountain
the globe. tonight the obama administration denounces the assault on the u.s. embassy in turkey as a terrorist attack. a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security gate killing a turkish security guard and injuring those nearby. according to turkish prime minister, an outlawed marxist group is responsible for the violence. our james reynolds is on the scene and filed this report. >> america's foreign missions are as much fortresses as embassies. this is why. this afternoon, a suicide bomber got to the gate of the u.s. embassy but but no further. his explosives detonated as a checkpoint. the bomber and a turkish security guard were killed. >> i wasn't sure what the explosion was. so i ran to see. they were body parts on the road. arms and legs but i didn't want to look any further. >> the attack on the embassy makes for a bitter last day of work for america's chief diplomats. >> i spoke with the ambassador and the team there. i spoke with my turkish counterparts and i told them how much we valued their commitment and their sacrifice. >> this is not the first time that western t
gersh reports, president obama today asked congress to delay the cuts before the march 1 deadline. >> reporter: with $44 billion in spending cuts in defense and most other federal programs just weeks away, the president urged congress to pass a mix of spending cuts and tax increases to ease the immediate hit. >> there is no reason that the jobs of thousands of americans who work in national security or education or clean energy, not to mention the growth of the entire economy, should be put in jeopardy just because folks in washington couldn't come together to eliminate a few special interest tax loopholes. >> reporter: republicans dismissed the calls for more tax increases, and many argue the threat of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester are the only way to force democrats to accept more spending cuts. but their leverage may be limited. >> i think we will have the sequester for a short period of time, probably until the first civilian employee of the government is furloughed, which might take about a week. and then, that pain may be enough to cause the people on ca
at the inauguration of president obama, she hit right back with her powerful voice. >> it was the show stopping moment on a day of political theater. it was not what it seemed. yes, that is beyonce possible is, but she now admits that it was pre-recorded. take two was live. an attempt by the senate to make amends and to explain. >> i did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. it was a live television show and a very very important show for me. one of my proudest moments. due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, i did not feel comfortable taking a risk. >> a multiple choice of explanations and she insisted she had at least some along to the backing track. then, the burning question, would she be singing live at the super bowl? >> i will absolutely be singing live. i am well rehearsed and i will absolutely be singing live. this is what i was born to do. >> determination and redemption. the watching journalists loved it. will america agree? >> well, i was there on inauguration day and i thought it sounded pretty good even if it was lips sink. good luck to her, of course.
>> brown: president obama took his push for tighter gun control laws on the road today to a police department in minnesota. good evening. i'm jeffrey brown. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill. on the newshour tonight, we get reaction to the president's proposal to ban assault weapons and institute universal background checks from two local law enforcement officials. >> brown: then, we have the story of a navy seal, a sniper in the iraq war and best-selling author who was gunned down by a fellow veteran at a shooting range in texas. >> ifill: margaret warner looks at how ancient manuscripts in mali were saved, hidden from destruction during the conflict with islamist rebels. >> brown: what makes a great teacher? hari sreenivasan reports on a charter school in connecticut that uses a checklist to evaluate and keep the best of them in the classroom. >> we have parents, students, peer and principal surveys, so the teachers are really getting a whole 360 take on what they are doing well and what they need to improve. >> ifill: the 500-year-old bones unearthed in a parking lot in england are t
. on the "newshour" tonight, we talk with postmaster general patrick donahoe. >> brown: then, president obama picks r.e.i. executive sally jewell to run the interior department. we look at how the cabinet is shaping up with many posts yet to fill. >> ifill: we have two stories from the middle east. margaret warner gets the latest from tunisia, the birthplace of the arab spring, where a leading opposition figure was assassinated today. >> brown: and ray suarez reports on the plight of syrian refugees who've fled to lebanon. >> at this tent camp in al-marj, in the eastern part of lebanon's bekaa valley-- only 25 miles from the syrian border-- refugees are struggling to adapt to a new, impermanent reality. >> ifill: and we close with a look at what's happening with the boy scouts, as they struggle to decide whether to lift a long-standing ban on openly gay members. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by:
threat. >> reporter: but that sense of mission drove a very public spat with president obama last fall over when iran's program had to be stopped before it became impervious to attack. netanyahu famously set the red- line for israel at the u.n. >> the red line should be drawn right here. >> reporter: mr. obama has pledged to prevent a nuclear- armed iran, but hasn't laid out a red line of his own. >> iran's leaders should understand that i do not have a policy of containment. i have a policy to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. >> the cooperation between our defense establishments is extraordinary. >> reporter: the u.s. and israel are working together with international sanctions against iran, close intelligence cooperation and what's thought to be a covert campaign of sabotage. but tehran continues enriching uranium, which it insists is for peaceful power generation only. and monday tehran said it had launched a monkey into space, showing off the kind of missile prowess that could be harnessed to deliver a nuclear warhead. >> the iranians are playing a cat and mouse game.
the digital revolution, but with washington we just had an election. >> yeah. >> rose: president obama re-elected. we see now some movement towards immigration reform. >> yeah. >> rose: because elections have results. >> yeah. >> and they realize the latino population have shown their electoral strength is that where change is going to come from? because politicians finally began notwithstanding the corporate power that you mentioned, and the united decision by the supreme court, all of the things you referenced, that we have some possibility of regaining because elections have results and people see the-- and they want to come back to washington. and if, in fact, there are changes in the dem graphics of this country, we may have changes in policy. >> yeah. in the election last november the latino or hispanic community gave the republican party infra ocular trauma. and they realized that they will go extinct as a political party if they don't make the changes. and so no, it's very clear, what's happening. now i welcome it, i think it's great. and i think that president obama gave a terrif
with that. the obama care as it's now being called put in on a trial or a experimental or small scale basis almost every idea that had been suggested for containing costs. but we don't know how they're going to work. you know, the system is not even effective until 2014. it will be a while. >> charlie: here's what's interesting about the book. of the music stopped the financial crisis the response and the work ahead. i can't tell you how many books i've read about the financial crisis. why do we need another. >> you're not the first person. that's a fair question. i think there are a few reasons. first of all, most people are not nearly as well read on this subject as you are. this sort of tries to put the whole thing together. there were a loft very excellent books that were written early on mostly by journalists. i cite them in here. they're very useful for a number of things. but whereas for example there was a very nice book written about the failurelyman brothers. the failure of lehman brothers is five pages. i'm trying to tell the whole story. >> charlie: let me stop there. you say th
%. antitrust expert barry lynn hopes the suit means the obama administration is finally willing to fight a broader trend towards consolidation across industries. >> the president can really set a tone here, the attorney general can set a tone, the head of the antitrust division can set a tone. and the tone can be we're not going to accept the kind of consolidation we've seen over the last 15, 20 years. >> reporter: but the merger's ecnomoic payoff for anheuser busch is largely about what happens outside the united states. >> they believe there are great efficiencies to be had in mexico and in other markets in the world where corona is underdeveloped. so the primary focus of the deal for their $20 billion is what they can make in mexico and what they can do outside the u.s. >> reporter: anheuser-busch inbev offered to sell of it's interest in an importing arm to constellation brands and make the company the sole importer of corona beer for ten years. but the justice department says that solution does not go far enough. darren gersh, "n.b.r.," washington. >> susie: on wall street today, st
revolutions. clinton and the obama administration have de-- have to find their way in the new arab world. in asia clinton helped build new alliances. burma came into the fold. it all took endless meetings with world leaders. >> i think she has established relationships with leaders of some well over 100 nations and so that she can pick up the phone at any time, if there have been crises that thank have been diffused thanks to the relationships she has, they know she peeks -- speaks for the american people and the president of the united states and there have been numerous occasions where she has turned what could have been a looming crisis into a situation which was calmed. >> for four years hillary clinton chriscrossed the globe. she visited 112 countries, spent 2,000 hours on a plane and traveled close to one million miles. that's almost 40 times around the world. >> i did enjoy it. i enjoyed the challenge of travel, the unique experiences that we had all over the world. i'm also lucky i can sleep on planes and did so regularly. >> but her critics say she has little to show for her har
.com and back here tomorrow night. >>> president obama urges seizing this moment to overhaul our nation's immigration laws. >> now is the time to find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see america as the land of opportunity. >> what does this mean for california? from the central valley to silicon valley? >>> and san francisco implements a controversial law. it enables court-ordered treatment for mentally ill patients at risk of becoming violent. >> these folks are a danger to themselves and to others. >>> plus, the 49ers gear up for the super bowl. a report from new orleans. coming up next. >>> good evening. i'm viviana ritado. welcome to "this week in northern california." what happens or doesn't happen in washington on immigration this year will have a big impact here in california.
exchange. thanks a lot, brian white, tech analyst at topeka capital management. >> tom: president obama is once again pushing for a big deal to reduce the deficit. in a preview of the themes he'll lay out in next week's state of the union address, the president told house democrats today he'd press for a big agenda covering everything from fairness, and jobs to deficits and debt. darren gersh has more. >> reporter: with just a few weeks to go before automatic across the board spending cuts kick in, the president told fellow democrats his state of the union address next week will call for a change in course. >> i am prepared, eager and anxious to do a big deal, a big package, that ends this governance by crisis where every two weeks, or every two months, or every six months, we are threatening this hard-won recovery. >> reporter: republicans may not applaud during that part of the speech. they've blasted the president for offering symbolic solutions like a tax on corporate airplanes that would raise enough money to cover one month week of the automatic spending cuts know collectively as
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